Located in Surrey on the banks of the River Wey, Guildford is a beautiful town to relocate to and offers a whole host of amenities for connected, modern-day living, whilst retaining its rich and colourful history.
In this guide, we share everything you need to know about living in the county town of Surrey, including average house prices, transportation links, and education.
Average house prices in Guildford
According to Rightmove, the average house price of properties sold in Guildford over the last year was £529,269. Of those properties, the majority were semi-detached which sold for an average price of £474,897. This was followed by detached properties which sold for an average of £852,507, and flats at an average cost of £301,240.
Property prices in Guildford over the last year were similar to that of the previous year and the 2017 peak, which was £526,128.
House rental prices in Guildford
According to home.co.uk, the average property rent in Guildford is £1,755pcm of the 693 properties up for rent at the time of writing. The majority of these properties for rent are houses, with flats a close second followed by room rentals. Out of the houses and flats for rent, two and four bedroom properties are the most popular.
Guildford is situated in equal distance to both London and Portsmouth and is the largest town of Surrey. There are a several nearby towns and villages to also take into consideration when looking to move to the area. These include the small and charming village of Albury, the busy village of Bramley, and Shalford village, located on the banks of the River Wey with direct trains to Guildford.
Transport links in Guildford
Guildford is close to the A3 which links London and Portsmouth. It is also close to the A25, providing easy links with Wrotham Heath in Kent. As for public transport, the town has two railway stations providing direct links to Waterloo in around 35 minutes, making this a great place to live for commuters working in the capital. There are also direct lines to Gatwick Airport via Dorking, Aldershot and Reading.
Schools in Guildford
There are several superb schools in the town of Guildford and many families make the move there for the best-known and highly academic Royal Grammar School (for boys ages 11-18), which is situated in beautiful ancient buildings. There are also several girl’s private schools such as Tormead and St Catherine’s which are extremely popular. But let’s not forget the amazing state schools in the area which have been judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted including Pewley Down, Onslow and Stoughton.
Things to do in Guildford
With its stunning cobbled high street and overhanging clock, Guildford has a wide variety of retail outlets and independent shops. From high fashion and specialist jewellers to antique dealers, book shops and art suppliers, you’ll find everything you’re looking for. There are also several art galleries, cafes, restaurants and farmer’s markets, as well as four shopping centres to enjoy.
As well as shopping and eating, Guildford has a rich history that you can admire at the partly restored Guildford Castle, Guildford Cathedral and the Guildford Museum.
Evidence of Roman dwellings have been found throughout Guildford and by Saxon times it was a well-established town. After the Saxon era, William the Conqueror ordered the castle to be constructed, which over many years occupied a succession of kings, queens and barons.
Although the town had a population of just over 1,000 and didn’t really prosper during medieval times, the arrival of the railway later in 1845 helped the town to have further prospects and expand.
Is Guildford a nice place to live?
Yes, Guildford is a beautiful place to live and provides the perfect balance between rural and city life. Within easy reach of the capital via great rail and road connections, whilst also being surrounded by the countryside of Surrey, you really do get the best of both worlds.
Interesting facts about Guildford
- Henry III, King John and Eleanor of Castile all stayed at Guildford Castle.
- More than 200,000 people contributed a brick to the cathedral construction fund.
- Guildford is not a city even though it has a cathedral. It applied but was turned down for city status in 2002.
- The remains of what is believed to be the oldest synagogue in Western Europe were found under Guildford high street.
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